Many migraine sufferers experience neck pain but don’t even associate it along with the neurological condition. We expect a migraine to include a severe headache, nausea and vomiting, sensory sensitivity, and other similar symptoms. But neck pain is often written off as being unrelated. Could neck pain actually be the most common migraine symptom? If so, why? Let’s take a closer look at the significant link between migraines and neck pain.
It’s early in the morning, and you try to turn your neck to the side. To your horror, you realize you have stiff neck muscles. The worse part is that you can’t move your head without grimacing because of the pain.
Well, you’re not the only one. More than a quarter of adult Americans experience neck pain. Every neck pain chiropractor in Stow welcomes hundreds to thousands of patients with neck pain each year.
Sometimes, the pain subsides after a while. However, others note that their discomfort stays a bit longer, causing debilitating effects. Good thing you can try doing a few neck stretching exercises to get rid of the pain.
Neck stretching is, without a doubt, one of the most underestimated and underrated exercises. Unknown to many, doing regular neck stretches can lead to numerous benefits such as:
If you haven’t been doing neck exercises until today, we suggest checking the list of examples below.
Before initiating any movement, we suggest doing a few rounds of gentle stretches. This will help you loosen up your muscles and avoid straining your neck joints. Ideally, you should spend around 30 seconds to a full minute before trying the rest of the neck exercises below.
To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and neck pain download our complimentary e-book Simple and Extremely Effective Ways to Stop your Lingering Neck Pain by clicking the image below.
Otherwise known as lateral neck flexion, this specific exercise involves relaxing the shoulders and back muscles. Then, you slowly move your head from one side to the next. You will need to hold each position for around five to ten seconds and resume the neutral position before flexing to the other side. You may repeat this neck exercise up to 15 times.
Alternatively, you can modify the movements and hold the bending position for up to 20 seconds for each side of your neck. Then, you may repeat this set up to five times.
Shoulder rolls help strengthen your upper back, shoulder, and neck muscles. This simple movement also allows you to improve your body posture, minimizing strain on your achy upper body.
To do this exercise, you will need to stand or sit upright with your core muscles tightened. Then, pull your shoulders down before you shrug them up towards your ears. Be extra careful not to hunch your back or protruding your neck.
Once you reach the highest point, squeeze your shoulder blades to pull your back muscles upwards. Then, you can gradually relax your muscles to resume a neutral position. Repeat this set of movements about 10 to 15 times with a 30 seconds break for each interval.
If you have started seeing a neck pain chiropractor in Stow, it’s also a good idea to include cervical retraction into your workout routine. Many patients diagnosed with spinal arthritis find neck retraction helpful in reducing the pain they experience.
Similar to the exercises above, performing cervical retraction is also quite simple. You can do this in several ways. One would be in a prone or stomach lying position. Here are the steps:
You can also do the same movements while standing or sitting on a chair. Feel free to repeat it up to five times and hold the position for about 10 seconds. You can do it up to 10 times every hour to see improvements in your pain.
Your trapezius muscles run from your skull to your upper cervical (neck) bones. They take charge of controlling all kinds of movements – from holding your phone between your ears and shoulders to taking control of the steering wheel.
This is why it’s crucial to include the upper trapezius stretch in your workout exercises. Without a properly functioning or overly tight trapezius muscle, you become prone to developing injuries and experiencing pain.
Here’s how you can do this exercise:
Besides performing the easy neck and shoulder exercises listed above, you can also seek assistance from a neck pain chiropractor in Stow. Typically, an upper cervical chiropractic procedure involves assessing neck misalignment, which may be the key factor that triggered the onset of your health problems.
Once your upper cervical doctor has the measurements, you can begin receiving customized neck chiropractic adjustments to help you restore your spinal health. It’s a slow and gentle process that many patients with chronic neck pain use to alleviate their symptoms.
Whether you’re an aging folk, someone in their early 20s-30s, or even a teenager or a child, you can certainly find hope with upper cervical care. You can use this remedy with other neck pain relief options like the exercises above. It’s natural and holistic, helping you improve your symptoms and take advantage of various health benefits.
Contact us at Besso Clinic of Chiropractic today! You may reach us through our web form or directly via our telephone number, (330) 689-1234.
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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.
Concussions are a common occurrence in many sports and recreational activities that affect 1.6-3.8 million people in the United States.1 Concussions can happen quickly and often go undetected with little or no symptoms, until they manifest as larger problems years later.
Concussions pose a major challenge to health care providers due their intricate nature. Concussions are also known as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which happens when the brain moves inside the skull, typically caused by some sort of trauma. Symptoms may be obvious such as nausea, fatigue, and headaches; however, some signs are very small and go unnoticed.
A major concern at the moment is concussions in sports, both amateur and professional. Identifying a concussion after a hard hit is challenging as the markers may not develop until days later. It is common for sports teams and players to “tough it out” to win a game. This risks losing long-term health and stability.
Youth sports have perhaps the highest risk to have long-lasting negative effects as a result of a concussion. The developing brain of any child is more vulnerable to concussions. After the first concussion, the chance of getting a second or third concussion increases by 150%. The standard in on-field concussion screening misses an estimated 40% of concussions, and 50% of high school-age athletes did not self-report concussions. A direct blow to the head does not need to occur for a concussion to take place. A whiplash injury from a blow to the body can cause a concussion. It is time to take a different look at concussion diagnosis and relief to get to the cause of the issue.
Concussion Specialist Dr. Geoff Besso is helping patients get natural relief from concussions in Stow, Ohio. Dr Besso is a specially trained Upper Cervical Chiropractor who deals with the Atlas Bone (C1 vertebra) as it relates to the brain and nervous system function. Clinical studies have shown that when the Atlas bone under the skull is misaligned, it affects the fluid that delivers oxygen and also provides protection to the brain, one of the main side effects of concussions.
When the Atlas is restored to its proper position by an Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustment that fluid flow is restored, and brain function can return more quickly.2 Concussions and related symptoms can heal at a faster rate when the brain properly receives the appropriate nutrients and oxygen.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with the Besso clinic call (330) 689-1234 or just click the button below.
One of the biggest topics of discussion among experts who research Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is that of the correlation of head and neck injuries to MS symptoms. In 1996, a former police officer was awarded $820,875 in damages by a court. The jury determined he sustained whiplash in a car accident while on duty, in which his vehicle overturned, that led to Multiple Sclerosis.
While one may think that his symptoms did not start until years after his accident, the 49 yr old man began to show signs of MS with a week after his accident. Testimonies from expert witnesses of neurologists testified they had seen other cases of whiplash that progressed into Multiple Sclerosis within weeks after they sustained whiplash.
Though, according to Dr. Charles Poser of the Harvard Medical School, people who sustain whiplash are only susceptible to developing MS if the whiplash triggers an underlying condition. He said of the patient that he or she, “might well have lived a normal life but for the injuries he [or she] sustained.” Dr. Poser witness so many cases of patients whose whiplash had triggered underlying MS that he also stated, “there were hundreds of such cases. Too many to be caused by chance.” It's difficult to ignore the evidence, and that's just what the jury couldn't do.
In the end, the judge said of all of the evidence and the testimonies of expert witnesses that they, “accepted the historical, anecdotal, and experimental evidence supported the proposition that a causative factor in some cases [of MS].” The judge said of the testimonies of the expert witnesses who had seen cases in which whiplash injuries turned into Multiple Sclerosis that, “these circumstances are far too strong to be put down mere chance.”
To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines and other headaches download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Migraines below.
Though, even with all of the evidence, it is still difficult to determine if the possibility of a person sustaining whiplash could lead to Multiple Sclerosis. If you have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and have a history of head and neck injuries it is very important that you have a thorough evaluation by an upper cervical expert. These chiropractors have unique training in the upper neck and how it relates to the function of the brainstem. Upper cervical experts are uniquely qualified to evaluate the upper neck and make any necessary corrections to the alignment in that area.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with the Besso clinic call (330) 689-1234 or just click the button below.
Meniere's disease is categorized as episodic vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss and tinnitus affecting between 4.3 to 15.3 of every 100,000 people.1
Currently there a few ways to treat this disease ranging from medications, injections, or even surgery.3 Dr. Geoff Besso specializes in a technique known as NUCCA where he removes pressure placed on the nervous system and successfully helped patients suffering with this disease find relief. Patients with Meniere's disease are saying this is great news as this form of relief is invasive and safe.
To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and vertigo download our complimentary e-book How to Naturally Relieve Vertigo without Drugs by clicking the image below.
To further understand how Dr. Geoff Besso is successful we focus on an area of the nervous system at the core of the brainstem known as the reticular formation. It is responsible for functions such as regulation of sleep and wakefulness, cardiovascular and respiratory control. More importantly, the reticular formation is responsible for the organization of eye movements and coordination of limb movements. The reticular formation along with a structure called the Vestibular Nuclei provide information to the spinal cord that maintain posture. 2 These areas receive information from the brain which is gathered from your eyes, inner ear, joints, and muscles to allow movement. If this information is inadequate due to a possible misalignment of the cervical spine the result may be vertigo or dizziness. A study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation showed improvement in 60 patients with vertigo. 4 Dr. Besso is a trained upper cervical doctor who is successfully helping patients across Ohio.
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It's that time of year: orange barrel season!
The barrels let us know there is a construction site ahead, to drive cautiously, and to look out for the broken areas in the road. As much as we dread this time of year because it tends to slow down our commute, we know the construction is needed to smooth the roads, fill potholes, and make our driving experience easier and more fluid.
Ever feel like you need some orange barrels in your own life? Many of our Patients have felt the same way. They come in to our office on the verge of having surgery, another shot of medication, or another procedure done because they are so eager to get some relief.
What they often find with NUCCA is that they can avoid the surgery, more medication, and yet another procedure. And they can get the relief they are in need of naturally.
Read what one of our Patients had to say about her experience with NUCCA care at Besso Clinic.
"I am so glad that I chose to get relief care at the Besso Clinic of Chiropractic. I had tried a few other things before coming, but being a hair dresser, surgery wasn’t an option. My friend told me about Dr. Besso, and I had never tried chiropractic in the past. To be honest, I was afraid that the adjustment would be painful. Dr. Besso put me right at ease, letting me know it was non-invasive and very gentle. Every adjustment I’ve had has been pain free with huge benefits.
All of my neck, shoulder, hand, and arm pain that I have had for 3-5 years is gone. My hip pain has improved greatly, and as an added bonus my blood sugar has improved. My quality of life is definitely better all the way around, and my energy level has improved as well.
I was skeptical at first, as I am sure most are. I can tell you now, that I do definitely recommend the Besso Clinic and I will try to get the word out about NUCCA relief for pain. I so appreciate being treated with professionalism and kindness by all staff and Doctors."
-Robin M., Barberton OH
If you are ready to try an alternative to what you have previously tried to relieve your pain, please consider calling our office today to see how our technique can possibly help you live the life you want. We are always accepting new patients and would be happy to meet you!
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Getting to the "root" of the problem with NUCCA
Many patients of NUCCA care have felt the same way and have found answers to issues like yours with this unique technique. Sometimes it was just a matter of exhausting all other possibilities; sometimes it was a chance discovery while researching symptoms online; and sometimes it's from a trusted friend's referral. One way or another, when a patient hears about NUCCA and decides to give this technique a try, they often are able to get to the "root" of the problem.
SUCCESS STORY: Read what this Besso Clinic patient has to say about her experience with finding some answers to her symptoms with NUCCA care.
"When I first sat down for a consultation with Dr. Besso I asked him how Fibromyalgia was diagnosed. I feel like I have suffered with Fibromyalgia like symptoms for up to 15 years. I had achiness in both arms and hands. It had gotten so bad I was having a hard time blow drying my hair and felt like my upper arms were weak. I also was struggling with fatigue: I felt like I could sleep for a month. I seemed to have constant congestion.
By the time I came to the Besso Clinic my carpel tunnel symptoms were getting worse. I would wake up with weak hands and had dull and shooting pain down my arms. I was, actually, scheduled a carpel tunnel surgery and had been diagnosed with neck and hand arthritis. I let Dr. Besso know that I was concerned about losing the use of my arms and hands.
What a blessing it’s been to find Besso Clinic! Dr. Besso found the real cause to my carpel tunnel symptoms. The problem wasn’t in my wrists after all; the nerve pinching was coming from my neck. So, after receiving upper cervical relief I was able to cancel my carpel tunnel surgery!!!
I followed Dr. Besso’s prescribed relief and I now have less pain, less sinus problems and more energy. It’s a simple and effective procedure and you are in and out quickly. The staff is so nice, helpful and professional. I would recommend the Besso Clinic because Dr. Besso had a great bed side manner and he actually cares about his patients." -Meg G.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, please call us and we will have you meet with Dr. Besso to see how NUCCA may be able to help you. 330.689.1234
NEW Wellness Services!
Besso Clinic has partnered with It Really Works Weight & Wellness Center to bring a satellite office to Stow! We have a location in Canton, Ohio, for our friends south of us.
Our Wellness Centers offer a holistic approach to total body wellness. We provide a medically directed weight loss method that includes one on one coaching by experienced professionals who have lost weight utilizing the protocol. Our Offices also offer NUCCA Upper Cervical Care, Yoga Classes, Cooking Classes, Massage Therapy, Spa Nights and Wellness Seminars.
Look for upcoming special events on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ItReallyWorksWeightWellness.
Or see our website at itworksweightwellness.com.
Meet our Weight Loss Coach, Menka
“Over three years ago, I started on an amazing journey with Ideal Protein, a medically sound, scientifically based weight loss program. Since then, I’ve personally brought the program to all kinds of patients and have helped them lose hundreds of pounds and get their lives restored!
Dieters have been able to reduce or eliminate all sorts of medication, increase their vitality and zeal for life, and reclaim long-lost confidence and inner strength. As a medical professional, I am thrilled to see the real, reproducible and predictable results of the protocol.
I also know firsthand the struggle of weight loss. I grew up in the ballet world where weight was a constant issue. This conflict led to trying anything and everything to lose weight. But, nothing ever lasted. That is until I completed the Ideal Protein protocol. I decided to try this program because I knew I needed to not only lose weight, but I needed to get healthy. I lost almost 50 pounds after going through all 4 phases, and I have now kept the weight off for over 3 years and live a much healthier lifestyle. I feel great, have more energy, and am so passionate about sharing Ideal Protein with everyone I know and care about.
For me, it's not just about seeing you lose weight, or hitting a certain number on the scale. I'm most interested in seeing you get healthy, resetyour body in the right direction, extend your life,andbecome the best you that you can be.
I'll be your biggest cheerleader, and cannot wait to see you succeed at reaching your goals!
Call me to schedule a consult! 330.689.1234.”
We also now offer Therapeutic Massage to compliment your Chiropractic Care!
Therapeutic Massage is site specific manual therapy on dysfunctional or injured areas and the muscles that support and/or surround it.
Our Licensed Massage Therapist (licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board) will use a variety of techniques which may include light or passive touch to calm spasm and to warm the tissue before deeper work; Precision Neuromuscular Therapy to aid in quicker response to the intended release process; Assisted Range of Motion to help restore flexibility; and other approved massage modalities.
Massage Therapy may help in recovery from minor injury to post-surgery, sports injury, chronic pain sufferers, auto-accident victims, sinus pressure relief, migraines, etc. Massage sessions are coordinated with the current Chiropractic Plan that Dr. Besso has recommended for you.
See our brochure for more information on this new service at Besso Clinic.
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Enjoy your summer!
Hello Spring! And allergies, sinus problems, headaches...
It's finally here! Spring brings sunshine and longer days, warmer weather, and color starting to peek through.
As much as we are grateful for the change of scenery, some of us dread this season because it also means allergies, sinus pressure, headaches, and respiratory problems.
According to an article by Tracy Miller of the New York Daily news (published March 20, 2014), "Allergists are predicting a sneezy spring in the Northeast because of the long, cold winter and higher-than-average snowfall.
"We're going to get a bumper crop of pollen starting, I would bet, next week," said Dr. Paul Ehrlich, an allergy/asthma/immunology expert at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. "Because the weather has been so cold, we sort of picture trees sitting with their hands on their hips saying 'alright, we'll wait, and then we'll pour on the pollen.'"
"The cold weather actually makes it better for trees to pollinate," agreed Dr. Timothy Mainardi of Hudson Allergy Tribeca. "We had a tremendous amount of snow this year, and all that moisture is currently being drunk up by the trees."
Some people will experience a slight delay in onset of their spring allergies because the cold weather has kept trees like birch, oak and maple from releasing their pollen, Ehrlich said."
So what do we do?
Here are some helpful tips to keep allergies, sinus headaches and respiratory problems in check this spring:
1. Don't drag the pollen inside. Take your shoes off at the door as much as possible so less pollen makes its way in your house.
2. Close your windows and dust overhead fans. As tempting as it is to fling open the windows, it's better to keep them shut so as to not allow allergens to enter through the window. If you use a ceiling fan, be sure to give it a good spring cleaning so you don't end up circulating more dust through the room.
3. Put some elbow grease into your spring cleaning. Wash down your walls, get rid of clutter, clean all sheets and comforters, dust the blinds and baseboards, everywhere that you can reach and clean thoroughly. This will help to reduce the dust and potential allergens in your home. If you are unable to do this, hire a professional company to help.
4. Keep your immune system as strong and healthy as possible by eating fresh, clean, nutrient rich foods. (Ask Dr. Besso about the It Works! Greens supplement to help keep your immune system strong, or click here for more information.)
5. Be aware of the pollen count in your area before you plan your outdoor activities. Look it up online by zip code for the day's pollen count at pollen.com.
6. Try sipping on a warm beverage to help ease congestion and keep you hydrated.
7. Know your sinus pressure triggers and do your best to avoid them. This sounds obvious, but sometimes we need a reminder!
8. Replace your air filters in your air conditioner in the house and car to help keep allergens at bay.
9. GET ADJUSTED! By keeping your nervous system functioning properly with regular chiropractic visits, we help the body to better defend against outside forces trying to break in and break down various systems. Call Besso Clinic today for a Spring adjustment! 330.689.1234
Dr. Besso has helped many patients who suffer with allergies, sinus pressure and infections, pressure headaches, and various conditions related to springtime issues. Jane F. had the following to say about her experience with NUCCA relief at Besso Clinic:
"I have been plagued with chronic bronchitis, severe sinus infections, and adult asthma for six years! These issues caused fatigue, sleep troubles, decreased memory and ultimately depression. I went to four experts with no help. I was taking steroids, inhalers, and breathing relief care during the day and sometimes during the night. I was also on antibiotic regimens every other month.
I had asked God to please find me an answer! That’s when my cousin called and told me about Upper Cervical Care. I told her I was out of options so I’d go.
In November I walked into The Besso Clinic of Chiropractic and this was my answer from God! It is such a gentle procedure with powerful results! I am now free of: Steroids, antibiotics, albuterol, and inhalers. I can even walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes daily, whereas before I couldn’t even walk up my stairs without stopping and catching my breath!
Since my breathing is better, fatigue, and sleeplessness are almost a thing of the past!!!
Thank you God! Thank you Dr.Besso & Staff."
If you know someone who suffers with similar issues like Jane's, please call our office at 330.689.1234 and we will be happy to schedule a time for them to meet with Dr. Besso.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Besso Clinic has added Therapeutic Massage as a service to our patients!
- Site specific manual therapy on dysfunctional or injured areas and the muscles that support and/or surround it
- A Licensed Massage Therapist (licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board) will use a variety of techniques which may include light or passive touch to calm spasm and to warm the tissue before deeper work; Precision Neuromuscular Therapy to aid in quicker response to the intended release process; Assisted Range of Motion to help restore flexibility; and other approved massage modalities.
- May help in recovery from minor injury to post-surgery, sports injury, chronic pain sufferers, auto-accident victims, sinus pressure relief, migraines, etc.
Dr. Besso and our LMT will discuss the appropriate length of time that will be best for your specific case and will prepare a recommendation for Massage Therapy based on your individual needs.
Please ask Dr. Besso about this service the next time you are in for your adjustment!
Happy Spring, Friends!
Look for an announcement about our participation with Hero's Day this May! We will need all the hands we can get to help the Stow Rotary Club spruce up the homes of local heroes!
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Trigeminal Neuralgia is a very painful condition, often called the "suicide disease". This chronic condition affects the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve, causing sharp, painful, and shooting pain in the face. We have had great success helping patients find relief from trigeminal neuralgia in the past, and last fall Thomas T. entered our office in great pain. This is his story.
I was diagnosed with having Trigeminal Neuralgia, which is painful condition that causes a false signal to the right side of my face. The smallest things, such as washing my face, brushing my teeth, eating, talking and even walking, would cause a “taser-like” shock to happen. A neurologist prescribed anti-seizure medicine and I was told to do a follow-up appointment in 6 months. I began doing a lot of research, and after awhile I read that Upper Cervical care could help alleviate my terrible pain.
Although I am still taking the anti-seizure medicine, I haven’t had one Trigeminal Neuralgia attack since I’ve been seeing Dr. Besso. I’m sure all that pressure and misalignment was causing the frightening and awful scary facial pain.
As a side note, I’ve had bad back, neck, and joint aches for the last 20 years. After my first NUCCA adjustment at the Besso Clinic, my back pain was greatly reduced. It didn’t happen overnight but after a few months of relief care my neck, back, and joints hardly ever ache. I just thought all these pains were part of aging, I had no idea I could feel this good again.
My hopes are that I can discontinue using that medicine, and plan on writing a follow up when that happens, so this is to be continued…..
-Thomas T. Cleveland, Ohio
This week, on Wednesday May 16th at 10:40, our patient Carrie N. will be joining Dr. Besso on Good Company (WKYC Channel 3) to share her story of relief from neck pain and migraine headaches. She's excited to share the difference upper cervical chiropractic has made in her life. Tune in to Channel 3 at 10:00 am (so you don't miss it)!
I was first diagnosed with migraines in 2000. Prior to that, I had neck pain, back
pain (sciatica), and shoulder injuries/pain. During the summer of 2010, I began
relief care with a traditional chiropractor. While I had some relief of sciatica,
my neck pain and frequency of my migraines continued to increase. When the
frequency increased to between 4 to 6 every month, my PCP referred me to a
neurologist. I was sent for an MRI of the brain to check for tumors, had blood
work performed to check everything, and I was sent to an ortho surgeon for the
numbness in my hands/arms. I then had a nerve conduction study done.
All tests came back normal. I didn’t receive any answers as to why the increase
in migraines, neck pain and numbness in my hands and arms were causing me to
have a ‘slushy’ head feeling.
My supervisor at work was aware of how much pain I was working through every
day between the migraines and neck pain. So, for Christmas she gave me a gift
certificate for an evaluation at the Besso Clinic of Chiropractic. I knew it was going
to be a big commitment (since I live an hour away) and a financial commitment too,
but it has been worth it!
I work in the medical field, so when I got to see my x-rays, I couldn’t believe how
bad they were. I knew that I had degeneration in my neck and two bone spurs, but
the counter rotation is what blew me away. NOW I had the answers I had been
looking for!! Now I knew what was causing the numbness, deep neck pain, ‘slushy’
head feeling, and migraines. It only took three to four NUCCA sessions to get rid of
all the numbness from my left hand/arm, and just a few more sessions for the right
I hardly ever take pain medications now and I have only had two migraines in
almost four months, both of which were bad weather related. My neurologist was
so happy at my last follow up that I was taken off of my daily preventative migraine
medication. The staff is top notch and I would tell anyone that had neck or back
pain to get here fast for relief!
Carrie N. Polk, OH